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Old 06-23-2021, 05:00 PM #1
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Arrow Rear hatch won't close - PROBLEM/SOLUTION

Long time since Ive been on here.

Short story:
Had a couple hours to pack up to take the family camping, leaving early the next morning. All packed up, go to shut the rear hatch and it bounces back up towards me. Umm? Check the obvious, bounce, bounce. About 100 more bounces and cursing and I realize I'm in trouble

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Rear hatch does not shut!

This shouldn't be happening to a 5th gen. But it did and apparently it does.
The latching mechanism rusts, gets gunked up, whatever and fails. I am very diligent in lubricating my door latches with white lithium grease by the way but this still happened.

I found a YouTube video (Stuck open or closed rusty Tailgate Latch fix for 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner - YouTube explained the situation with more depth. When the hook of the latch hits the striker and rotates around it, there is a tiny little lever that moves into position to lock it into place. This lever wasn't moving. I cleaned it, brake cleaner, q-tips, PB Blaster, gas overnight, etc and it still wouldn't work properly.

In the short term - I manually moved this little lever to the almost closed position and shut the door and after a few attempts it would lock shut. I then had to roll the rear window down and somewhat reinstall the door panel with the door closed so the rear window wouldn't be moving back and forth.

Im leaving out many details here but this almost cost me a camping trip with my family.

Toyota wants $400 for an oem part, can source is online for $350 CAD.

Rock Auto had a chinese version for $150 shipped CAD. Just installed that (took not even 10 minutes, fluid filmed the snot out of it and its working as it should). Time will tell and I will update if it fails.

Sorry no pictures but I can add some if others get in this same jam.
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I’m now having this problem.

I appreciate the details above, however could someone point out exactly what has to pivot to solve the problem? I’m an older person and lack the skills to make any diagrams or edit photos— I’m not sure which part needs to be moved, and how, in order to make the solutions discussed here work properly.

I think I’m doing it correctly but I can’t get the latch to catch even after many attempts.

I’ve tried closing the hatch with the main rotating/swiveling latch part (for lack of a better term) in many different positions but it doesn’t make a difference.

Thank you.

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Iím now having this problem.

I appreciate the details above, however could someone point out exactly what has to pivot to solve the problem? Iím an older person and lack the skills to make any diagrams or edit photosó Iím not sure which part needs to be moved, and how, in order to make the solutions discussed here work properly.

I think Iím doing it correctly but I canít get the latch to catch even after many attempts.

Iíve tried closing the hatch with the main rotating/swiveling latch part (for lack of a better term) in many different positions but it doesnít make a difference.

Thank you.
Here is a video for a 4th gen that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSNMyV9ZOfE&feature=youtu.be

Disconnect the battery terminal, some have reported that the rear window stopped operating after the repair and they had to disconnect the battery and reconnect to get it going.
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I just had this problem. I dug around in the mechanism after I had it removed from the hatch with a pick and got a small piece of black plastic that broke off from somewhere out. then I got a piece of rubber out too. same size. after that the mechanism started working. I can't find where the plastic came from. it couldn't really fall in with that white cover over it. from what I can see into the mechanism all looks good. so far it's back together and everything works as it should.

just wanted to pass along the info in case it saves someone else a bunch of $$.
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I haven't had an issue with my rear hatch latch, but I have had a problem with the rubber weather strip that goes around the perimeter of the opening. It has come loose along the bottom and can cause the hatch to not latch. Or, it latches, but I get a "door open" light on the instrument cluster.

I think it comes loose from sliding things across it, like suitcases and boxes.
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Alright...after much time and checking all possibilities from the outside, I visited a friend who is much more mechanically-inclined than I am and we tore into the thing.

Turns out itís simply very rusty inside. The entire latch actuator assembly needs to be replaced.

Is this covered by my Certified Used warranty?

I called the dealership and despite giving them the correct part name, the service guy said he would need to look into it because he wasnít sure what I was talking about.
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mine failed to. I cleaned it out and noticed that a small black plastic piece had broken off of it internally and was blocking the mechanism of the latch. Was a rectangular piece and black. Have a look for it maybe. Easy to see.
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Iím finally out of the woods with this problem.

Mine was rusty through and through, no amount of penetrant made a difference.

I purchased an aftermarket replacement latch assembly and changed it in about half an hour. Everything is back to normal now

I know this is buried in a thread, but I have an installation tip that I didnít see mentioned anywhere else: The hole where the latch assembly protrudes through actually has a recessed ďlipĒ around it. If I had drawing skills, Iíd make a diagram as itís hard to explain until you have it disassembled. This lip is where the metal latch assembly as well as the two little plastic tabs on the top have to sit. I was struggling for a while because I could only get the latch or the plastic things through the large hole at a time, I couldnít fit both at once. Finally I stopped and looked and noticed the lip, slid the bottom of the latch assembly through first, sat it on the lip, then rocked the plastic tabs outward until they caught. Once itís there itís a solid fit.
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I had this issue a few weeks ago on my 2015. The lock had closed itself before the hatch was fully engaged. I used a screwdriver to pop it open and closed the hatch.

I forgot about it until a few days later when I went grocery shopping. I didn't have any tools on me so I had to hear the emergency alert for the 6 miles home.

It looked OK so I cleaned it and put some super lube on it at it has been fine since.
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